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Summary

  1. Italy fail to reach World Cup for first time since 1958
  2. Sweden qualify for finals for first time since 2006
  3. Buffon expected to retire from international football

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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And farewell you all too - see you tomorrow for more play-off madness...

Farewell Buffon!

Sweden qualify for the World Cup

Goodbye to an 🇮🇹@azzurri legend 😢

Forever a #WorldCup winner, @gianluigibuffon 🏆👏

Goodbye to an 🇮🇹@azzurri legend 😢 Forever a #WorldCup winner, @gianluigibuffon 🏆👏

Conte in the summer?

Sweden qualify for the World Cup

Gazzetta have two men with Chelsea connections installed as favourites to be the next Italy manager.

Carlo Ancelotti or Antonio Conte...

Miracle in Milan!

Sweden qualify for the World Cup

That's what the Swedish press are calling it tonight. What a result for them and they are in the hat for the draw on 1 December.

Farewell to a legend

Sweden qualify for the World Cup

Italy manager Giampiero Ventura, perhaps unsurprisingly, has ducked the TV cameras.

Pre-written statement a la Hodgson?

Buffon stands down

Sweden qualify for the World Cup

We knew that Gigi Buffon was going to retire after the World Cup but it sounds like he has confirmed that he will not play for Italy again.

What a way to go.

Italy's Buffon and Ventura
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'There is a future'

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More from Gigi Buffon: “There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.

“I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and Mattia Perin. I want to give a hug to Chiello, Barza, Leo and Lele, who I had almost 10 years alongside. I thank the lads who were with us and, although it wasn’t enough, I hope that we gave them something.

“In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame. The coach is part of this entire group.”

'I'm sorry for all of Italy'

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Gigi Buffon: "I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football. We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes."

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The end of the world

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You don't need to be fluent in Italian to work out how they are taking that result over at the Gazzetta dello Sport...

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Who had money on a 0-0?

Sweden qualify for the World Cup

That's six 0-0s in a row in the play-offs...

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Stephen Shaw: Switzerland amd Sweden are going to get hammered in the WC. Pathetic showing from both, a non-penalty and a deflection

James Fain: I’m a Brit living in Sweden and couldn’t be more proud of my new home! Who cares about a boring Italy and and old Buffon. Well deserved Sweden!

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All credit to Sweden though. They stood firm all night long and had chances to seal the win on the break.

Jan Andersson set his side up for a result and they got it. Both sides could and should have had spot-kicks.

But really Gianpiero Ventura's team selection and tactics will be the big talking point. I'll be surprised if he's still got a job by the time we go to bed.

Italy's coach Ventura
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Sweden qualify for the World Cup

There were loud boos on the whistle but it has quickly faded away into silence. Stunned silence.

Italy just weren't up to it over the two legs. Gianpiero Ventura is now facing boos as he hugs Gigi Buffon. A sad way for the great man to end his career.

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Mikael Lustig sprints away to celebrate in the pocket of Sweden fans as the Italy players slump to their knees.

They will miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958. There are tears. Gigi Buffon's Italy career could well be over.

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BreakingITALY ARE OUT

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FULL-TIME

Italy 0-0 Sweden (Agg 0-1)

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Great defending Andreas Granqvist!

Corner.

BUFFON IS UP AGAIN...

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It's now or never...

CLOSE!

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Whoever you support a Gigi Buffon goal now would be the best story ever wouldn't it?He doesn't win the header though and Jorginho fizzes a shot wide.

Two minutes left...

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Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen kicks his free-kick straight out of touch! Nerves? Italy send everyone up now. May as well.

Ugly clearance, corner, BUFFON UP!

YES...

PENALTY APPEAL

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ANOTHER penalty appeal waved away for handball. I've never seen so many appeals. That didn't look like one at real speed as Federico Bernardeschi mows his man down and is booked.

INJURY TIME

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Where has he dragged five minutes from?!

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Brainless from Andrea Barzagli, blocking off his man on halfway. Free-kick for Sweden and they can take as long as they want.

FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON!

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LAST MINUTE. Time for heroes...

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Just Gigi Buffon in his half, 21 other men in a 35-yard square at one end of the San Siro. Sweden have a throw in. TIME!

Italy's cpatain Gigi Buffon
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CLOSE!

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Italy basically have eight or nine men forwards now and Marco Parolo leaps brilliantly to meet a cross - but floats his header wide!

THREE MINUTES...

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GREAT SAVE!

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Save of the night! Crisp hit from Stephan El Shaarawy, 22 yards out and absolutely off the middle of his boot, really well hit and Robin Olsen pushes it away!

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Tired legs, tired minds out there now. For all of their possession Italy have landed four efforts on target, as Andrea Belotti shoots wide from long range. The table doesn't lie in the league, and these play-offs don't tend to lie either. Italy don't deserve to go through as it stands.

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SIX MINUTES left.

Anywhere will do for Sweden as Emil Forsberg hacks an ugly clearance away. This is all very un-Italy. In the mixer.

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Eight minutes left. Italy are going to miss the World Cup for the first time since we had parking meters in the UK.

Chance! Robin Olsen has to be alert to push away a dipping header. Routine enough.

The San Siro is really quiet. This is stress.

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Sweden have a break, Sweden waste another break. Marcus Berg's header across goal is a smart one but Leo Bonucci clears it brilliantly and Berg's volley is tired and wasteful.

Ten minutes to go!

Sweden's Marcus Berg
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PENALTY APPEAL

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Another appeal waved away as Ciro Immobile goes down - that was 90% desperation though. I think this referee set his stall out a long time ago when it comes to giving pens. He's not having it.

SUBSTITUTION

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This is bordering on the unforgivable I'm afraid. He's made his final change - and it's Federico Bernardeschi, not Lorenzo Insigne.

That could be Giampiero Ventura's Lineker/Smith sub...

Alessandro Florenzi shoots over.

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Almost an air of resignation inside the stadium now. The atmosphere has been sucked out of it. Italy are having all of the ball but they are yet to build up a head of steam in the second half. Still Lorenzo Insigne sits on the bench...

Italy's coach Ventura
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Say it ain't so

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Daniella Matar: The saddest thing about this #ItalySweden match is that it looks like Buffon is playing the final 20 minutes of his #Italy career

Italy's Buffon
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Marcus Rohden is on for Sweden - fresh legs up top. Maybe he can add that composure they need to seal the deal.

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Italy are bound to leave some space at the back now and Sweden have a chance to counter. Not for the first time they make a real mess of it. They had four men up and the best they could muster is a scuffed pass into the run of Emil Forsberg, whose shot was easily charged down.

A bit of pace and composure and Sweden could have ended this one by now.

YELLOW CARD

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Another booking, sub Isaac Kiese Thelin in the book for a raised arm on Leo Bonucci. We'll do well to get through the 90/120 minutes without a red.

I make that six bookings now.

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